El Fenn Riad Marrakech

Beldi Country Club

Rooms from £133
Take a short taxi ride through a small countryside village to the hotel and country club Beldi, which has become internationally renowned for its celebrity weddings and high-fashion photo shoots. After you trail through its flower-lined pathways, reading under the shade of a lemon tree and visit a conservatory brimming with greenery, it’s easy to see why. This place is pure romance. Spend an afternoon swimming in the oasis-like pools, visiting the exquisite spa, or feast on the dish of the day overlooking an endless rose field. ‘Beldi’ is an Arabic word for ‘traditional’, and the club takes pride in its on-site bakery, souk, recycled glass factory, pottery studio and miles of surrounding produce.

  • +212 524 383950
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  • KM6 Route de la Barrage, BP 210
    Cherifia
    Marrakech
    40000

El Fenn

Rooms from £230
The work of art powerhouse Vanessa Branson, co-owner Howell James and French designer Frederic Scholl, El Fenn is a restored riad tucked away down a quiet street in the Medina. Drenched in all the colours of the souk – from the scrubbed bronze walls and crimson entrance hall to the elaborate gold candlesticks and deep pink velvet sofas – El Fenn is a feast for the eyes. The riad’s 20 bedrooms overlook a courtyard shaded by orange trees, while the rooftop restaurant has panoramic views of the city. There is a library with an open fireplace, three majestic swimming pools, hammocks strung between lemon trees, soaring ceilings, a celebrated spa and a cinema. Branson has filled the riad with select pieces from her private collection, including a chandelier by Francis Upritchard, ink studies by Sir Antony Gormley and a series of photographs of 1960s Morocco taken by Terence Donovan.

  • +212 5244-41210
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  • Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, 2
    Marrakesh
    40000

La Sultana

Rooms from £240
From the glistening gold doors that greet you to the intricately decorated pillars surrounding the pool, every inch of La Sultana is dripping in old-world Moroccan grandeur. The hotel is a collection of five riads, each one distinct in colour and concept. The sumptuous spa could keep you indoors for days, offering a (slightly less brutal than traditional) hammam experience, from which you will emerge with the complexion of a newborn baby. Upstairs you can lie in the sun amongst the greenery or enjoy a cocktail on the sprawling rooftop, which offers views of the Atlas Mountains and the bustling market down below. Behind their heavy wooden doors, each suite is perfectly designed, with beaded chandeliers, gold basins, pots of plump roses and Moroccan crafts bringing colour and warmth to every corner – pure luxury in the centre of the humming Medina.

Es Saadi

Rooms from £180
The Es Saadi Gardens & Resort is in the heart of the Golden Triangle of Marrakech. 20 acres of beautiful gardens facing the Atlas Mountains, near the bustling souks and Djemaa el F’na square, this is an oasis to escape while still being in the heart of the city and the action. In the Palace there are 84 suites and 10 private villas, each individually designed and with their own pool and butler. The main pool is the largest in the city.The 3000sqm Palace Spa built over three floors is home to Oriental Thermae, a range of traditional and contemporary treatments and the only Dior Institute outside Paris. With a variety of restaurants, the oldest casino and the famous TheatrO nightclub, Es Saadi has something for everyone.

  • +212 5243-37400
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  • Avenue Ibrahim El Mazin
    Marrakech
    40000

Royal Mansour

Riads from £1,350 per night
Set within the dusty, rose-coloured walls of Marrakech’s Medina, Royal Mansour is a warren-like maze of 53 private riads and intricate courtyards lined with colourful mosaics. The hotel was commissioned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco and is a truly lavish experience. Don’t miss the spa which has a reception covered in white lattice as well as a verdant conservatory housing an interior swimming pool. The one-hour long Hammam Evasion is essentially a hammam on steroids – lay down on a warmed marble slab while being ceremoniously washed, lathered and scrubbed before an invigorating dip into a cool plunge pool. Curl up with a Moroccan mint tea in your dressing gown afterwards – you won’t be able to get over your near-newborn skin.

  • +212 52980 8080
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  • Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti
    Marrakech 40 000

Riad Farnatchi

A stylish riad deep in the oldest part of the medina, you might have to dodge donkey carts and mopeds to get to Riad Farnatchi, but the journey is worth the wait. The project of hotelier Jonathon Wix, this riad mixes traditional and modern day Moroccan design with deep red drapes, black velvet throws and dark wood doors. Rooms surround a courtyard pool (so a bit of an awkward one for swimming), some with beautiful patios overlooking the courtyard, the perfect spot for breakfast or an afternoon mint tea, and others (suites 6 and 7) have private roof terraces to soak up the hot sun.

  • +212 5243-84910
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  • Derb el Farnatchi
    Rue Souk el Fassis
    Marrakech

El Fenn

La Sultana

Es Saadi

Riad Farnatchi

Royal Mansour

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  • Sairra A11 minutes ago

    Try Dar Nour El Houda a beautiful boutique Riad close to Madresa Ben Youssef, I’ve stayed twice and it’s my favourite place there (been 5 times over the years, tried many places). Excellent staff, you feel like you are staying with family. Direct bookings also get discount and free airport pickup. Love that place.

    • Maria Alafouzou8 hours ago

      Thank you for the tips, Sairra!

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